Jeanne Louise Calment (21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997) was a French supercentenarian. She was born in Arles. At the age of 122 years and 164 days, she is the verified oldest person ever. She was active during her life, lived on her own until she was almost 110, and talked a lot until months before her death. She became the undisputed oldest person ever in 1990.
Calment still rode her bike at the age of 100 in 1975. Once, she fell off and developed a brief period of amnesia. She recovered sometime later. In 1888, when she was 13, Calment met Vincent van Gogh while he visited her uncle's shop to buy canvas.
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|Oldest Recognized Living Person
11 January 1988 – 4 August 1997